Three days later, the traditional media has finally picked up the shocking toxic coal sludge story (see “Clean coal, meet harsh reality“). It was on NBC last night (among other networks). Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists explained:
This disaster shows that the term ‘clean coal’ is an oxymoron. It’s akin to saying ‘safe cigarette.’ Clean coal doesn’t exist.
TP has the video:
The NYT reports:
Even as the authority played down the risks, the spill reignited a debate over whether the federal government should regulate coal ash as a hazardous material. Similar ponds and mounds of ash exist at hundreds of coal plants around the nation.
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